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Archives: "Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life"
  • Let me just take a few more moments to continue with Jim Brown.  Back in the late '90s I took a trip to Florida to see my mom and visit my nephews Todd and Darin and their families.  I had promised Dad before he died that I would be sure to get down and see her at least a couple of times a year.  I was…
    January 18, 2018
  • Long have I been a fan of the Cleveland Browns footbal team.  I was first drawn to their play back in 1957 when I was just starting the second grade.  I had just been introduced to the sport of football by the guys I knew and asked my dad if I could watch the games with him on TV.  He was only too glad to…
    January 4, 2018
  • It was one of those moments that goes by so quickly. It was shown for just a few brief seconds. Probably most of the people watching did not even notice it if they glanced away from the television to grab the remote. But there it was for all who were watching to see. Karl Malone, the old warrior from basketball…
    December 28, 2017
  • I can remember in high school the preparations for our senior class night way back in 1968. One of the categories that night was the "Most Popular" boy and girl. It's been thirty-six years but I believe they were Bobby "Goose" Thornberry and Krista Wagner. (Mike, Rod, Deb, Peggy...a little help here) Earlier in…
    December 21, 2017
  • Golf crowned its "No Tiger" champions this past weekend.  Vijay Singh of Fiji won the FedEx Cup as the most prolific golfer of the year.  However, the Tour Championship went to Sergio Garcia.  Confused?  Me too.  It seems like sports can't just look at the person with the most wins…
    December 14, 2017
  • The Cincinnati Reds have something that isn't all that normal. They have Barry Larkin. Barry has been with the Reds organization since he was drafted into Major League Baseball more than twenty years ago. That is what is not normal. Most professional athletes playing a team sport have not stayed with their original…
    December 7, 2017
  • Memorial Day is not that far off. My wife and I will be on vacation the weekend of Memorial Day. We'll be relaxing in beautiful, and hopefully sunny, Myrtle Beach. We have our reservations all set. Even know where we're going to attend church that Sunday morning. We have everything ready except for one small matter.…
    November 30, 2017
  • The mumps.  You don't hear much about the mumps anymore.  Cases of the mumps are as rare now as hens' teeth.  Since the vaccine for the mumps was licensed way back when I started my senior year of high school (oops, I forgot...you don't know when I started my senior year...it was 1967) the cases…
    November 23, 2017
  • I have very few all time favorite TV programs.  "Walker, Texas Ranger" is one of those because one of the things Chuck Norris made sure was present on his show was a strong and positive representation of God.  There were even episodes where a blatant mention of Jesus needed in a person's life for…
    November 16, 2017
  • "America's Got Talent" is a fascinating show for me.  It features the best of America and, unfortunately, the worst.  Many of the contestants are honestly gifted individuals whose talent is staggering.  As I watch, I wonder where these people have been all these years.  Then there are those…
    November 9, 2017
  • Maggie and Doris were complete strangers. Maggie was a retired department store clerk while Doris was a middle aged single woman. Maggie had lost her husband to cancer two years prior and had married children with families while Doris had no family left as an only child whose parents were killed in a car wreck.…
    November 2, 2017
  • It was one of those kind of nights. My wife and I hit the sack around ten; both of us very tired from a long day. We both seemed to drift off to sleep without any trouble. But staying asleep was what would pose the problem. If there was something that would keep us awake this would be the night that it would happen.…
    October 26, 2017
  • Every year, on the first weekend of August, my wife's family has two reunions.  The first is held on the Saturday before the first Sunday in August.  The Fridley family reunion is held on the old Fridley homestead near an area known as Crows in Western Virginia not far from Covington.  It was begun as…
    October 19, 2017
  • Many, many years ago I used to play football. Almost sounds like a fairy tale doesn't it? But I did. I was a wide receiver for a football team. This was back in the halcyon days of the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Colts and Cleveland Browns; before those teams were considered perennial runners-up or fallers by…
    October 12, 2017
  • Something marvelous happened recently and the sports world missed it. The media made a big deal about a situation that didn't really have that huge an impact on the event it was supposed to dampen. What was missed? Tiger Woods did not compete in the 2008 British Open and it didn't make a lick of difference. Now,…
    October 5, 2017

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Meet the Author

Tom Kelley, pastor, speaker, lived with his wife, Becky, in Georgetown, Kentucky

...He was the Minister of the Minorsville Christian Church located near Stamping Ground, KY.

...Becky and Tom have three children; John, single and in worship ministry in Nicholasville, Kentucky; Sean, married (Jennifer, elementary school teacher) with twins (Grace and Patrick, b.d. 10/31/04) and regional director of Papa John's Pizza in Central KY; Kara, married (Vince Taylor, prison guard) and working with Hospice East in Winchester, KY.

...Tom went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  If you have been touched by Tom's writings please send an email to Tom's son at jkelley@catalystchristian.net

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